Peter H. Reynolds, author and illustrator
Candlewick Press, Fiction, Sep. 15, 2003
Suitable for: Ages 5 and up
Themes: Art, Imagination, Self-Confidence, Inspiration
Opening/Synopsis: “Art class was over, but Vashti sat glued to her chair. Her paper was empty. Vashti’s teacher leaned over the blank paper. ‘Ah! A polar bear in a snow storm,’ she said. ’ ‘Very funny! said Vashti. ‘I just can’t draw!” Her teacher asks Vashti to just make a mark. Vashti angrily gives the paper a jab. She asks Vashti to sign it. One morning Vashti walks into art class and sees her signed “dot” hanging in a frame behind the teacher’s desk. She decides she can make a better dot and begins to paint dots of all colors and sizes.
Why I love this book: Peter Reynolds has written and illustrated an inspirational book that encourages children of all ages to be brave and “make their mark.” There is no right or wrong way. He wants kids of all ages to imagine, dream and create. And this week over 500,000 children in all 50 states and around the globe will be participating in International Dot Day, whether in their classrooms or at home. Many kidlit bloggers will be making their dots this week. My dot is below.
Resources: Create your own dot. Visit http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/ to learn more about International Dot Day, activity suggestions, resources, a global map showing participants and a peek at the dots being created by celebrities. There also is a Facebook page devoted to International Dot Day with frequent updates. There also is a teacher’s resource guide for Reynold’s The Dot and Ish. Below is the dot I created on my iPad with ArtRage. Check out the dot made by my colleague Beth Stilborn , who also encouraged bloggers to post their dots.
To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.
Patricia Howe Tilton 2012